Student Immigration Service

Applying for a visa

Important information on applying for a visa to study at the University of Edinburgh.

Do I need a visa?

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Students who are non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals must seek permission to study in the UK - find out if you need a visa.

Short term student visa

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The short term student visa is for students who are studying for short periods of time at a Tier 4 institution.

Tier 4 visa

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If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You will also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.

Visa refusals

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If your visa application is refused, it is important that you get in contact with us straight away.